Medical Projects - Overseas Hospital Work Experience - Kilimanjaro

Overseas Hospital Work

Experience Course

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania


16+ years old

Course Type



1-4 weeks


Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

COVID-19 Statement Update:

The situation we find ourselves in is unprecedented, however, we will continue to support all our students in any and every way we can to ensure education prevails.

We will allow all students to postpone their course to our Summer 2020 dates, October 2020 dates, February 2021 dates, April 2021 dates or Summer 2021 dates without any charges. We are fully committed to running our courses as soon as it is safe to do so. We have also developed a comprehensive range of safety procedures and policies, in-line with the latest WHO and FCO advice, to ensure students safely receive the world-class teaching that they have come to expect from The Education Projects Group.

We will also be developing a range of online/digital resources to ensure we can continue delivering world-class education no matter what travel restrictions are in place. If we can support you, your school or your students in any way at this difficult time, please do contact our team and we will do everything we can to help.

Course Overview

Project Kilimanjaro is one of our overseas hospital work experience options which is a residential course designed for students looking to gain an insight into an overseas healthcare system. There is also a key volunteering element, where all students spend at least one day per week volunteering with local charities and community organisations.

Students complete a minimum of 25 hours of hospital work experience, shadowing experienced doctors and healthcare professionals across a number of different hospital departments. Our local hospital partnerships mean that students gain a fantastic overview of healthcare in hospitals – with students splitting their time between outpatient clinics, operating theatres and inpatient wards. 

Students also have the chance to spend a day giving something back to the local community through our outreach programmes, spending time teaching young children or visiting local women living with HIV. 

All students stay in our own Medical Projects accommodation, where they can relax each evening and discuss the latest medical cases and their university applications with fellow students. We recommend students join us for at least two weeks in Kilimanjaro, but the project can be booked in 1-4 week experiences depending on personal preference.

On This Page:

– Overview

– Timetable

– Learning Outcomes

– Prospectus 

– Accommodation

– Pastoral Care

– Social 

– Dates & Fees

Students per week

Total hospital shadowing hours

Total volunteering hours

Total safaris completed

Typical Week Timetable

Our overseas course in Kilimanjaro is designed to provide a world-class shadowing experience in a different healthcare system. Students will shadow experienced Doctors, Consultants, Surgeons and Healthcare professionals on their daily ward rounds, surgeries and clinics and patient visits. 

Day 1 – Hospital Day

Discussion – Student induction 

Practical – Hospital orientation

Observation – Paediatrics Department


Observation – Paediatrics Department

Afternoon Activity – Local town orientation


Evening activities – Student quiz

Day 2 – Hospital Day

Observation – Labour Ward


Observation – Labour Ward

Afternoon Activity – Massai market visit


Evening activities – Movie night

Day 3 – Volunteering Day

Discussion – Student induction

Practical – Orphanage and school orientation 

Practical – Deliver a language lesson at local school

Practical – Help serve lunch for the children


Practical – Gardening and planting for orphanages food garden

Practical – Delivering rice to local families 

Practical – Teaching session at local school


Evening activities – Language lesson

Day 4 – Hospital Day

Observation – Internal Medicine


Observation – Internal Medicine

Afternoon Activity – Local town visit


Evening activities – Relax 

Day 5 – Hospital Day

Observation – Outpatient Department


Observation – Outpatients Department

Afternoon Activity – Outreach programme


Evening activities – Friday night party 


Activities – Local activities or Weekend Trip (Safari)

This is an example timetable for a student. This will vary with each student depending on department rotations and availabilty etc. 


Learning Outcomes

– Gain medical work experience required for the UCAS application

– Insight into a different country’s healthcare system 

– Understand a range of medical treatments for common medical conditions

– Be able to reflect on your own performance within a teamwork role and independently

– Spend time in a variety of different healthcare settings including clinics, wards and surgical theatres

– Spend at least one full day volunteering

– Gain an understanding of the challenges faced by people living below the poverty line

– Understand the role of education in a developing economy

– Develop an appreciation of a different culture and country

– Join a weekend safari and spot some of Africa’s world-famous big five

Prospectus Download

Want more information about our courses? You can download our 2019/20 prospectus here:


We hire private accommodation for all of our students. Our accommodation is great quality and students share dorm-style rooms with 3-4 students. Our accommodation has great facilities including hot showers and western toilets.

Our accommodation is owned and managed by our local Kilimanjaro team, who are always on hand to solve any issues, and provide local advice and tips. Our house is in a quiet, residential area, and is set within a walled garden with gates for added peace of mind. Our staff are on-site 24/7. 

Pastoral Care

Every Medical Projects course is staffed by our own highly experienced staff. We are with the students and on-hand 24/7 to supervise and assist students. All of our staff undergo enhanced DBS checks before joining our courses and we always have at least one fully trained first aider with the group. 

Our staff also stay at the same accommodation and we always have a female member of staff on duty at night. Breakfast and dinner are included each day.

Accommodation Gallery


Although delivering an amazing learning experience is our main focus, we also understand students want to socialise and explore in their free time. Our team have a variety of excursions and socials to ensure students make the most of their time in Kilimanjaro. These include a tour of the local towns, visits to the local Maasai markets, orphanage and volunteering visits, natural waterfall visits, local food markets, restaurants trips and student socials.


One of the most popular elements of our Kilimanjaro course is the local community volunteering. Students take part in small groups of 3-4 during the week, accompanied by a member of staff. The volunteering is based in villages around the town of Usa River, and is split into three main parts. Students can visit a local children’s home to play with the children and teach them some basic English, or help plant food in the kitchen garden behind the house. 

The students then visit the houses of 4-5 local women living with HIV. The women are often very poor as they are unable to work due to illness, or have been abandoned by family members. Our local charity partner visits up to 50 women a week to provide support, donate food, and help to clean their houses or fetch water. Students will join these outreach visits and meet the women the organisation is helping. 

Students then visit a local charity-funded primary school, which provides free education to nearly 200 local children. Students will spend time with the children and help serve lunch to the entire school. 

Weekend Trips

For those students who are joining us for two weeks or more, there is the option to join a safari during the weekend. We organise a day trip to the Tarangire National Park, where students will have the chance to see elephants, giraffe, buffalo, wild boar, flamingos, monkeys and various wildlife.


Course Dates

Students can join us on any of the following dates:

12th July 2020 (1 – 4 weeks)

19th July 2020 (1 – 3 weeks)

26th July 2020 (1 – 2 weeks)

2nd August 2020 (1 week only)

Course Fees

Registration fee for all courses is £300. Then the following balance payments are due 90 days before you join us. 

1 Week – £800

2 Weeks – £1300

3 Weeks – £1800

4 Weeks – £2300

* Please note when entering Tanzania students will need 200 USD for their work permit and 50 USD for a visa on arrival. These are payment to Tanzania Government and not to us. 


Book Your Place

Step 1: Choose your course start date

Step 2: Complete our online application form

Step 3: Pay your deposit

Step 4: Receive email confirmation from us

Step 5: Pay your balance 90 days before you join us